- 1. Get rid of the distractions
- 2. Finish your household chores in good time
- 3. Get as much light as possible
- 4. Have your essential study space items in place
Primarily, studying is only effective if you are able to retain most- if not all- the content you read.
If what you study is important, how you read it and the environment in which you read it are both equally important.
That is why you can get two completely different results after studying the same topic in two different settings.
Studying in a library or other designated study areas in your school will definitely yield the best study results. But sometimes you are forced to study at home.
Unfortunately, you will often be disrupted by your younger siblings, your mom may need you to run some errands for her, and if you stay in an apartment together with your friend, he or she might decide to annoy you with an early-morning guitar session.
So, is it impossible to study at home? Well, it depends on you.
If you can manage to create a good study area in the midst of all those potential disturbances, then you will be good to go.
In this article, we will give you 4 proven ways that you can use to come up with your ideal study environment. Be our guest!
1. Get rid of the distractions
Assuming that you want to create a study space in your bedroom, you will need to minimize the potential distractors therein.
And I have to admit that this is probably one of the most complicated opportunity cost situations you will ever find yourself in for the rest of your life.
Why so? Because the things you will need to discard are the ones that give you most fun while at home.
- For a start, your smartphone is the last thing you want in your study space because it will always distract you with endless notifications.
- The second thing you have to remove from your study space is your video games.
- Thirdly, you must reduce the number of your browsing devices to only one and even with that one, limit your tabs to only those relevant to your study.
- Your personal computer should have no movies or distracting music saved on it, not unless you have faith in your ability to study with background music.
- Also, you may need to sacrifice those fast foods you secretly hide in your bedroom.
Bottom line: If something is taking a single minute of your study time, it isn’t worth keeping.
2. Finish your household chores in good time
As much as you want to study in peace, a pile of dirty laundry or dirty utensils will always make you uneasy.
If you don’t wish to shift your focus from your home responsibilities, then don’t study at home; go to the library or a nearby coffee shop.
But if you want to study at home, then you will have to finish your duties first. Organize the house, do your laundry, wash the dishes, pet your furry friend, and then after all systems are running smoothly, settle down for your day’s study.
3. Get as much light as possible
If you can place your study desk next to the window, the better your study space will be. Artificial light is also okay if you don’t have enough light openings in your room.
Experts say that a well-lit room can boost your creativity, improve your mood, and boost your overall health.
But on the flip side, looking at direct light can damage your power of sight and that is counter-productive.
The best thing to do is to install the lights behind you and not behind the study desk. That ensures that the light shines on your books and not onto your eyes.
4. Have your essential study space items in place
Your books and other essential study items should be an arm-reach away from your desk in order to minimize time wastage.
Calculators, books, pens, and math wall art if necessary should be strategically positioned. Your desk and chair, on the other hand, ought to have the right height and comfort features as you love them.
For example, be sure to get a chair whose lumbar support, neck support, armrests, and seat padding align perfectly with your body size and weight.
Although you need to be comfortable in your study space, it is advisable not to get too comfortable. It is actually very unhealthy to spend hours on end sitting in your study desk.
If you have a whiteboard for your study or a water dispenser, place them across the room in order to force yourself to stand and stretch your body once in a while.